Short hair with curls makeover
According to one creative hairstylist/inventor, the time has come to embrace curls once again. Marc Wells hopes this call to action will encourage women to give curls a chance. In recent years, straight hair has become increasingly prevalent, and Mr. Wells believes that the primary reason is the lack of options in curly styling techniques.
Although traditional roller sets provide long-lasting curls, the resulting look is dated and rarely the clean, smooth look that women desire for their hair. The most recent popular curly style was the spiral perm, which gave rise to its own variation of micro-curls called the straw perm (because hair was wrapped on drinking straws to create tiny spirals). However, these looks were rarely attempted without the perming step, since the tools were not designed for use other than as perming tools, and the drying time needed for a traditional “set” was literally twice as long as for true roller types.
Mr. Wells has solved that problem by creating a line of tools that combines the features of magnetic rollers (vented for faster drying times) with the elongation of spiral tools, enabling the creation of long spiraling curls.
I received a sample set of these tools, along with a selection of shampoo, conditioner, and setting lotion offered by the company, and enlisted the assistance of my neighbor to test them out for myself. "Miss C" and I set out after giving her hair a mini-makeover to try out the new Strawllers and see what they could do for her. Her hair is naturally straight and somewhere between normal and fine in texture, but pretty dense.
We opted to use a mixture of the orange and blue rods to create a more natural appearance. By alternating the rods, we give a more random look to the finished style.
The tools are well-made and smooth, and the plastic is a heavy-duty material that can certainly withstand even salon-level usage. They are easy to work with, provided you have experience with spiral wrapping or the patience to work thoughtfully. Keep in mind that with spiral wrapping, you work in square sections and start from the bottom and work upwards.
The accompanying products are very nice. The shampoo offers a good level of cleaning without stripping the hair and has a very pleasant fragrance. Combined with the volumizing formula conditioner, the hair was left feeling smooth and silky without being weighted down.
The foaming setting lotion was another enjoyable experience. The foaming formula was simple to apply and required only a small amount to provide coverage. It, too, had a lovely scent that was refreshing and fruity without being too sweet.
The only drawback I encountered was in securing the tools in place. The website's instructions recommend using bob pins, but I caution you to ensure you get large-sized bob pins, as the smaller ones are not adequate for the job. I ended up using two pins per roller. In some cases, I believe the use of spider clips might be a better alternative to pins.
The final style (built from a stacked bob/swing hairstyle) gave a lot of smooth, voluminous curls. "Miss C" was pleased.
More Styles
Below are photos of spiral curl hairstyles, provided by the Strawllers manufacturer.
Long hair with spiral curls
Shiny long hair with spiraling curls
Rods to create spiral curls
Rods to create long spiraling curls